January 22nd, 2009
President Obama said it in his inauguration speech on Tuesday:
“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.”
Today, as a result of the economic downturn, Texas government is facing billions of dollars in cuts to revenue projections for the next biennium. To protect our cherished environment, and to build our clean energy future, Texas needs you to take action.
There is no doubt that part of the solution to the economy is investment in the creation of green-collar jobs that can build renewable energy sources while putting Texans to work.
Our Legislature, meeting for the next few months here in Austin, needs to hear from you and from others who share our view that protecting the environment and building a better business climate aren’t mutually exclusive – they can both happen at the same time. Indeed, given the threats to our air, our water and our lands, they simply have to happen at the same time.
However, there are many worthy, competing interests for our state’s limited resources, and legislators need to hear from those of us who can get to the Capitol and tell them how we would like them to decide the important questions before them.
All of our elected officials depend on constituents to tell them about their concerns and wishes. Legislators and legislative staffers depend on citizens from their home districts to advise them about the issues that matter most to them. Every legislator in Texas needs to hear from as many of their constituents as possible the simple message that clean energy and green jobs are a solution to the economic crises facing our state and nation.
Therefore, this is your first call to action from your League to get involved in this legislative session: make plans to join us, and the Alliance for a Clean Texas coalition of environmental and conservation organizations, at our statewide lobby day and conference February 17-18, 2009.
Sign up for lobby day and the free conference here. We need you to come tell legislators that clean air and clean energy will lead to a cleaner economy and create new jobs for Texans while making our state a better place to live and raise a family.
What are you waiting for? Please sign up today.
Give your all to the difficult tasks before us, become a part of the solution to the problems confronting Texas, and participate in an enriching experience as a volunteer lobbyist for environmental conservation.
Just click here and sign up. See you in February!